Showtime and expansion time

Kim Ross
Kim Ross

THESE are busy times for Kim Ross.

The owner of KR Dance in Hartlepool will be holding her first stage show within weeks, called This Is It.

It will be held at the Town Hall Theatre in Raby Road from Wednesday, April 2, to Saturday, April 5.

Shows start at 6.30pm each evening with doors opening at 6pm. Tickets costing £9.50 or £8.50 with concessions are available either from Kim at the studio in Dalton Street, or from the theatre box office.

Kim is also offering a discount to charities which buy in bulk for the show which has a mix of entertainment from classical musical theatre through to street dance, and with references to Beyonce, Michael Jackson and Sweeney Todd.

“It has got something for all the family,” she added.

A cast of 85 students will feature, aged from 12 months to over 20. Kim added: “I have been preparing it for eight months. It is our first one and we are unleashing a lot of talent on Hartlepool.

“The kids are really excited. It is a big deal for them.”

But the show is only one part of the big year for Kim. She is also moving into a bigger premises in Dalton Street, just yards from her current base.

“It will give us three dance studios rather than one. It will mean we can do everything under one roof.

“We shall be running all sorts from classical ballet to pole fitness and this is a big adventure for us.”

To help with the move, the school will be fundraising and that includes a bag-pack day at Tesco on February 23.

Classes are already proving to be really popular. Fifty students are signed up for the pole fitness sessions alone and there are waiting lists as well.

The new premises will be unveiled at an open day on Easter Sunday. It will run from 11am to 5pm but Kim said: “People can just pop in and come and have a chat.”

She praised funeral director Gerald Martin who, she said, had been extremely generous in his support for the school.